Top things to do in Kalimpong

Top Choice Cafe in Kalimpong

Art Cafe

Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the hills and valleys to the west and north. It does good coffee, shakes and lemon mint coolers (served in Mason jars) and good things to eat too, from potato…
Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Durpin Gompa

Kalimpong’s largest monastery, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang, sits atop panoramic Durpin Hill (1372m) and was consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976. There are impressive murals in the main prayer room down…
Viewpoint in Kalimpong

Deolo Hill

On a clear day, the morning views of Khangchendzonga from this hilltop park, about 500m higher than the town centre, are simply superb. After savouring the views you can have breakfast (8.30am to 11am) at the Deolo …
Church in Kalimpong

St Teresa’s Church

A fascinating missionary church built in 1929 by Swiss Jesuits, St Teresa's was constructed to incorporate designs from a Bhutanese gompa. The 12 wooden apostles are reminiscent of Buddhist monks, and carvings on th…
Workshop in Kalimpong

Himalayan Handmade Paper Industry

Visitors are welcome to drop into this small workshop to see traditional paper-making processes, from boiling and pulping of the local argayli (daphne) bush to sifting, pressing and drying. The resulting insect-resi…
Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Tharpa Choling Gompa

Built from 1912 to 1922, the main temple of this Gelugpa-school Tibetan monastery of 50 monks contains statues of past, present and future Buddhas. Don't miss the fascinating museum just above the main monastery, wh…
National Park in Kalimpong

Neora Valley National Park

This birding haven lies east of Lava, a town 30km east of Kalimpong, and its luxuriant forests are home to a few red pandas and leopard cats and countless species of woodpeckers, owls, pigeons, eagles, warblers and …
Museum in Kalimpong

Lepcha Heritage Museum

This offbeat collection of Lepcha treasures could be likened to rummaging through the attic of your grandfather’s house (if he were a Lepcha elder). A guide explains Lepcha creation myths, while pointing out religio…
Tibetan in Kalimpong

Gompu’s Bar & Restaurant

Gompu’s is known for its oversized pork momos (₹110 for four), which have been drawing locals and travellers for as long as anyone can remember. Lunchtime is the best time to find them. It also does filling thalis (…
Bhutanese in Kalimpong

Za Khang

You can enjoy authentic Bhutanese food in the calm, clean surroundings of Za Khang's light, airy dining room or its rooftop with Himalaya panoramas. The pork dishes are good, and there are tasty soups and a number o…